Introduction: Ipod Temporary Tape Decals

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Make your own decals for ipods, laptops, virtually any flat sufaces with some packaging tape and magazine pics

make your ipod as unique on the outside as it is on the inside in this world full of sameness!!!

Step 1: Materials

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-clear packaging tape
-magazine pics you would like to work with
-large bowl of sorts

Step 2: Find a Picture or Graphic

page thru your magazines (yes it has to be magazines) as find pictures of graphic you would like to have on your ipod and cut out

i like to use interesting pictures but cool graphics and animation will look just as awesome!

Step 3: Tape

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take a piece of packeging tape and stick on to desired picture as smoothly as possible. This process may cause wrinkle in the paper is not done carefully. Small bubbles may be smoothed out by spreading it with you fingers towarads the edge

after the tape is on the image smoothly trim the edges with the scissors

Step 4: Soak

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drop the taped picure in your bowl of water and let is sit there for at least 5 minutes

it is normal for the picture to curl up in the water

Step 5: Rubba Dub Dub

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after 5 minutes the water will have loosened up the paper a bit but the ink has already been transferred to the tape. while still wet, slowly and gently rub the paper off the tape until all that it left is the tape.

make sure you get off ALL of the paper so the tape will be able to stick

let the tape image dry on a paper towel and discard the water and the pulppy leftover paper.

Step 6: Stick On

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after the tape has dryed it shuld still have a bit of adhesive on it and will be able to stick on most clean flat surfaces. make sure its a little damp for best results in stickyness.

if it doesnt stick right away put a little water on the back. it should revive the adhesive and should dry once you stick it on

make sure to press hard on dont forget to smooth our any bubbles. the edges or the most important for a good stick

I put mine on my ipod mini because it fits perfectly. it also works on motorola razrs.

Step 7: Enjoy You Finished Costomized Ipod/whatever

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now you have your finished product. bueatiful huh? the best part is you can change it whenever you want!!!

note that when you decide to take the tape off you ipod/flat surface it may leave some sticky gunk or transferred ink. this can be taken off with some patient rubbing with soap and a little water. Dont get it too Wet!


Sxkyilu (author)2009-09-03

if you're just making small decals, would it work on laptops?

RiddleOfSphinx (author)Sxkyilu2009-12-13

I've seen this method described on several other sites. For a laptop I'd use clear contact paper though.

Coliflower (author)Sxkyilu2009-12-11

Probably.  But you have to be careful, and it'd be very difficult.

Firstly, you'll need a big enough picture and a big enough bowl to soak it in.
You'll also have a lot of trouble getting an even rub-off, etc.

Logically, It should work on a laptop if it works well on an iPod.

banhpho (author)2009-12-08

I love this idea.. but do you have any tips on rubbing the paper off more evenly?  The image turns out a little blotchy.

zigzagchris (author)2009-12-07

tryed this lastnight. worked pretty well,  wasnt as succesfull transfer of the ink as i hoped and had trouble with sticking to my zune.

tyeo098 (author)2006-11-12

*with Pictures* totally awesome ill do this with my phone Ipod? Shame on you, youre just handing money over to apple!(hope no flame for that)

LasVegas (author)tyeo0982006-11-12

Like there's something wrong with buying quality merchandise? Go ahead and buy the cheap quality MP3 players and support WalMart instead. Your protest will go unnoticed. This is a great idea for customizing a great product.

Crash2108 (author)LasVegas2006-11-12

Just because you spent $200 more than you should of doesn't mean you're getting "quality". Ipods have been known to be the poorest built of all mp3 players. The screen and batteries are shit.

Crash2108 (author)Crash21082006-11-12

And all you are buying with an ipod is an expensive fad.

mellamokiwi (author)Crash21082006-11-13

i do think ipods are a little overpriced but mine works great and it is very durable

geekazoid (author)mellamokiwi2009-12-07

 someone talking sense. Apple makes grerat quality products.. they are great - if you can afford them. For the money though, other mp3's can be a better deal... i have an iPod  touch and it's great, but I had to save for a LOOOOOOONNG time... 

gage6917 (author)Crash21082009-09-27

Lol, wow, and expensive "fad" thats lasted over 8 years now. iPods are great.

zjharva (author)Crash21082008-05-17

have you ever had an ipod? great product. now my family has a macintosh!

TheOneGreatX (author)Crash21082006-11-13

funny you should say that, because I've heard very very few problems with iPods that are hardware based. And not very many about the software either. What do you propose we use instead of iPods? Because I think that the iPod is the best mp3 player on the market, and I'm not an apple fanboy by any means.

tyeo098 (author)tyeo0982007-01-25

Accually I just got an ipod

toogers (author)tyeo0982009-04-12

heh. :) (comment waaaay too short.)

cheating-master (author)2009-09-11

Just got a Ipod touch, and I want to do this! 5/5

quesoman (author)2009-06-27

this is awesome.

dixiechopper20 (author)2008-12-16

anybody know how to make the tape stickier after the paper comes off and it has dried.

dixiechopper20 (author)2008-12-16

use warm water it works much better. and leave on for like 15 min then u can peel paper off in almost 1 peice.

Pie_eata (author)2007-04-01

SWEET! i just put a decal on my nano and the magazine i used was Victria's Secret! Score!

dfc849 (author)Pie_eata2007-07-31

dang! your ipod serves as double-enjoyment........

mg0930mg (author)dfc8492008-11-27


rotor (author)2006-11-14

oh hey great an ipod argument, there aren't enough of these on the internet.

zjharva (author)rotor2008-07-21


Fenwick (author)rotor2007-02-18

I have an iPod Nano, but I bought it from a private seller without headphones for $50. Now that's a good deal. I would rather buy an MP3 player from Creative at full price though. I do feel bad for the people who go and buy an 80G iPod video and don't put videos on it, and the people who use the default headphones (THEY SUCK). It seems people treat them more like a fashion statement more than a functional device.

HauTrip (author)2008-06-26

does it have to be a magazine

teh darkcloud (author)2008-01-03

Nice. But I was wondering, since it's tape how long will it stick before it starts to peel off?

thats a good question. depending on how much abuse it takes the tape will eventually begin to peel off. i couldnt say exactly how long because i change mine quite frequently =)

Ah, okay then, thanks. :)

BuffaloNickel (author)2007-10-18

nice. (frequently repeated comment by me)

Neodudeman (author)2007-08-31

Wow, totally awesome.

fireman joe (author)2007-07-16

great idea man, i wanted to do somehting to personalize my laptop, this wa sperfect, thanks.

mssunny84 (author)2007-07-09

You can easily get any remaining GOO off with vegetable on any sticky stuff....

mellamokiwi (author)mssunny842007-07-10

good tip =)

N0s3Nugg3t (author)2007-06-08

Hey, I tried this on my iPod mini and I'm having trouble getting it to stick. Do you rub off ALL the residue until you have just the plastic left? or do you leave some of the stuff on there?

mellamokiwi (author)N0s3Nugg3t2007-06-14

the trick is that you should get the tape a little moist in order to re activate the stick. its a process that involves a little experimentation.

N0s3Nugg3t (author)mellamokiwi2007-06-16

Ah cool, thank you

Luuke (author)2007-04-01

wont the ink like dye or stain the metal??? im worried that if i do this and it gets stained i wont be able to return it if anything goes wrong. plz reply

Very Keri (author)Luuke2007-06-11

don't worry about it anyway, my ipod mini needed a new battery, i called apple and they just suggested buying a new ipod...

mellamokiwi (author)Luuke2007-04-06

well i have had than problem where there is a stain on te metal but i easily got it off

Luuke (author)mellamokiwi2007-04-07


Pie_eata (author)Luuke2007-04-02

no it's already dry when it goes on

kalub92 (author)2007-04-15

i like this a lot. i'm gonna do it tomorrow. i'm to tired to do it tonight.

ich bin ein pyro (author)kalub922007-05-15

ya i guess its 12:11 AM where you posted

Pie_eata (author)2007-04-02

you can print Black logos if u do it on photo paper and u get the tape on immediately after it's printed

inked-1 (author)2007-03-14

It would be a lot easier to just buy some cling film and print whatever you like on it. Also wouldn't risk leaving residue.

mellamokiwi (author)inked-12007-03-15

the only problem with that is I dont have 18 bucks to spend on special paper. But thanks for the input it sounds like a good product. :]

homestarrunner247 (author)2007-03-03

hey, wouldn't it be easier to just get some of that paper that comes on the back of stickers (i don't know what it's called), and put the tape on it, and tape this to a piece of letter sized paper and just print something on it... then wait for a LONG time for it to dry, then it will stick better! this seems easier than this method... and... i dunno... seems easier... some one should try this... i might... who knows?

GROUNDHOG (author)2007-03-02

Just used this on my iPod (which I bought for $10 off a friend who thought it was broken) works great. Great idea, great instructable. A+

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